Page 27. " The air was thick with smoke and 'Walking after Midnight' was playing on the jukebox. "

Walking after Midnight sung by Patsy Cline

Page 29. " upon which is a small stone statue of a woman with enormous hips "

 This is the Venus of Willendorf, also known as the Woman of Willendorf.

Many such statues have been found. They seem to be associated with fertility.



Page 30. " Bilquis,’ she tells him, raising her head. ‘With a Q.’ "

Bilquis is one of the names the Queen of Sheba takes in The Qur’an. She is also known in Arab texts as Balquis.



Ethiopian accounts refer to her as Makeda or Maqueda. In Yemen she is called Mareb, and the Roman historian Josephus calls her Nicaule.

Page 33. " The Nokia phone plays a high, electrical transposition of the 'Ode to Joy'. "

Ode to Joy is an ode by German Friedrich Schiller.  It was set to music by Ludwig van Beethoven for his ninth (choral) symphony.

Page 36. " The air was blue with smoke, and the Dixie Cups were on the juke box singing 'Iko Iko'. "

Iko Iko by The Dixie Cups.

Dixie Cups
GNU Free Documentation LicenseDixie Cups - Credit: Masahiro Sumori


Page 38. " Well I never. Mad Sweeney. "

Mad Sweeney appears in Irish legend as king Suibhne, sent mad by a curse. 

He tells Shadow he is a leprechaun.

Page 40. " ‘Mead,’ said Wednesday. ‘Honey wine. The drink of heroes. The drink of the gods.’ "
Creative Commons AttributionMead - Credit: Grapetonix via wikipedia

Mead is alcohol made by fermenting honey and water. Although found throughout the world, mead is most commonly associated with the Saxons and is referenced in Beowulf.

Page 43. " The juke box began to play the Velvet Underground’s ‘Who Loves the Sun?’ "

Velvet Underground Banana
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeVelvet Underground Banana - Credit: Telrúnya via wikimedia commons
 Who Loves the Sun? by The Velvet Underground


Page 48. " Shadow palmed it in his right hand, classic palm, "


Page 49. " it took him some moments to identify it as the Beatles’ ‘Fool on the hill’. "

Fool on the Hill version sung by Norwegian Wood, written by The Beatles